MultiGen-Paradigm Announces New Visual Database Schema to Facilitate Better Communication Between Database Generation and Runtime Systems

MetaFlight file format enables realtime awareness of visual database structure

ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Today at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation & Education Conference (I/ITSEC), MultiGen-Paradigm, Inc., the leading provider of realtime 3D software solutions, announced MetaFlight(TM), a formal database description that increases the scope of OpenFlight, the industry file format for visual databases. This announcement is associated with MultiGen-Paradigm's new corporate strategy introduced today that marks their response to the shifting requirements of the visual simulation industry.

MetaFlight describes the organization and structure of visual simulation databases using a high-level data model. This description, or "meta-data", ensures more efficient communication between database content and Vega Prime, or other runtime systems, to facilitate smarter loading and realtime database management.

MetaFlight works as a complement to MultiGen-Paradigm's OpenFlight, but goes a step further by identifying the organization and structure of the many datasets that compromise a complex database.

"MetaFlight represents a more intelligent way to describe the complex information stored in visual databases. It is simpler to integrate yet yields greater performance and more predictable results," said Dan Brockway, director of database products for MultiGen-Paradigm. "MultiGen-Paradigm's new product offerings also take full advantage of MetaFlight. For example, a MetaFlight file published from Creator Terrain Studio can be read by Vega Prime or a FlightIG application."

MetaFlight also provides seamless integration and usage because it is a cross-platform, open file format based on XML. Any MetaFlight document is therefore self-describing and can be parsed and validated by any XML compliant application.


MetaFlight can be published from MultiGen-Paradigm's Creator Terrain Studio, also announced today. During the first-half of 2002, MultiGen-Paradigm will be working with vendors and key customers to support the release of MetaFlight.

About MultiGen-Paradigm

MultiGen-Paradigm, Inc., a Computer Associates company, headquartered in San Jose, Calif., leads the industry in providing commercial-off-the-shelf, realtime 3D software tools and solutions to interactively create and run visual and sensor simulation, simulation-based training, urban simulation and 3D GIS visualization applications. Further information about MultiGen-Paradigm and its products and services can be found on the World Wide Web at

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